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Aluminium Castings Co

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August 1918.
January 1920.
Dec 1921.
Dec 1921.
April 1933. Solarette.
December 1933.
December 1934.

of Ingleston Foundry, Greenock, and of Beverley Works, Barnes, London

1901 Business established

1906 Incorporated as a public company

Manufacturer of Aluminium castings of every description. Maker of Solar pure cast aluminium cooking utensils.

1947 Produced aluminium castings, by sand and die casting, and cast hollow ware under brand name Solar. Other subsidiaries were[1]:

1948 Acquired R. L. Atkinson and Co together with wholly-owned subsidiary Atkinson's Spreading Services; name changed to Atkinson's Agricultural Appliances. New factory being built at Larkhall[2]

1951 Introduced the Swirlux washing machine[3]

1954 Acquired Draftex, which owned Bright Manufacturing Co and Bright Products, manufacturing aircraft, motor and industrial sealing devices[4]

1955 Acquired Renfrew Aircraft and Engineering Co, of Renfrew, Canada, to make aero-engine parts[5]

1956 Acquired Trent Foundries, specialist in sand casting of non-ferrous alloys[6]

1957 Name changed to Solar Industries[7]

1960 Proprietors: Solar Industries. (1960 Advert)

1960 The Greenock Foundry of Aluminium Castings Company was closed[8].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 06, 1947
  2. The Times, Sep 11, 1948
  3. The Times, Oct 08, 1951
  4. The Times, Feb 23, 1954
  5. The Times, Dec 13, 1955
  6. The Times, Dec 18, 1956
  7. The Times Nov 21, 1957
  8. The Times Oct 05, 1960